The 2012 Summer Olympic games are scheduled to take place from July 27 – August 12 2012 in London, England. thanks to new on-demand access to everything from videos to scores and interactive games. tech-savvy fans will enjoy access to a wealth of content and information. Whether it’s pulling out your iPad on the train home, checking your Android phone at the gym, or using your Apple TV for HDTV video enjoyment. Here’s our collection of a closer, hands-on look at some of the available platforms.
Watch 2012 Olympics on Mac/PC
For the most features, watching 2012 Olympics through your Mac or PC remains the best option. One new highlight is NBC have just announced that they will be streaming the entire London 2012 Olympic Games online live. All 32 sports featured at the Summer Olympics will be shown live on the NBC Olympics site.
The biggest hangup with using your computer is that’s all Flash-based, so constant streaming is going to mean allocating a chunk of your system memory. However, NBC isn’t the only entity focused on streaming video for this summer’s Olympics. The International Olympic Committee’s YouTube channel will broadcast 2,200 hours of HD coverage for people in 64 territories in Asia and Africa. For users who have a bad network connection they can even free download the 2012 Olympics HD YouTube videos to Mac for offline enjoyment or view the 2012 Olympics YouTube HD videos on the go with iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, etc.
Watch 2012 Olympics on iOS Devices
A mobile version of the network’s NBCOlympics site—accessible at m.nbcolympics.com or mobile.nbcolympics.com – currently offers news, photos, a Twitter tracker, hometown coverage, and more. Video coverage is said to be forthcoming. It’s not a particularly pretty site, but that could change in the days leading up to the start of the Games.
For those seeking a dedicated iOS experience with live streaming video, an official app is in the works. Already delayed a bit past the promised mid-June launch, NBC has said it will feature live coverage and full event replays. Unfortunately, NBC will require users to verify that they subscribe to a cable, satellite, or telco service. In other words, if you don’t pay a monthly television fee, you’ll be out of luck. Finally, there is one additional limitation worth noting. Once an event is streamed in real-time, it won’t be available for replay online until after NBC’s television coverage that evening.
Watch 2012 Olympics on Android Devices
Sports fans with Android devices across Europe will be able to download the Eurosport Player app, to access live simulcasts of both Eurosport and Eurosport 2 TV channels. Customers will be able to watch the London 2012 Olympic Games as well as live cycling from the Tour de France, motorsports, football, snooker, wintersports and live tennis action from US Open tennis Grand Slam.
Moreover, if you’re one of the first lucky Galaxy S3 adopters, you’ll be able to enjoy all the Olympic events for free. Samsung is offering a 1-month subscription to Eurosport Player, which can be activated any time between July 14 and August 12.
Watch 2012 Olympics on Apple TV
In the previous post, we introduced how to stream movies and music from iPhone to Apple TV with AirPlay wirelessly. Quite often you can find the game you want on apps that are available in the AppStore for you iOS device (iPhone, iPod, iPad). With these apps, or perhaps a webpage link, you are able to AirPlay content from your mobile device’s screen to your Apple TV without skipping a beat.
Watch 2012 Olympics on Sony Entertainment Network Devices
PlayStation 3 and other Sony Entertainment Network devices such as Bravia TVs are set to receive the BBC Sport app which will show “exciting new television content over and above that available on free-to-air television,” with Formula One, Wimbledon and the Olympics on the schedule this summer.
“The application has been designed specifically for the ‘big-screen’ to deliver an ultimate home entertainment experience. The principal purpose is to deliver live sporting events where there are simultaneous activities or multiple camera angles,” explains the press release.
1. In general, you’ll probably find that online viewing won’t be as captivating or fulfilling as watching the events on a large TV screen. The suggestions here are recommendations mainly for catching up on missed events.
2. For people who plan to watch Olympics online, be sure to know how you will be watch the Summer games, because you don’t want to be searching the internet once the event begins. There are currently 144 different nations that have qualified for the 2012 Summer games. Below is the full schedule for the 2012 games, as announced on February 15, 2011. Click on the image to enlarge.